SGS recently prepared a report for the Sydney Olympic Park Business Association which provides the strategic rationale for improving transport connectivity to Sydney Olympic Park. The report does this by considering Sydney Olympic Park in the context of ambitions for the Greater Parramatta and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP) corridor outlined by the Greater Sydney Commission, and undertakes a comparative analysis between this area and the well-established area of East Sydney.
By 2041, the population of GPOP will grow to the same as East Sydney’s population today. The number of jobs in GPOP by 2041 will remain well below the jobs in East Sydney today. However, GPOP will establish its role as the jobs and services hub for the Central City in Greater Sydney.
A larger share of the resident population in East Sydney catch public transport or walk to work compared to residents in GPOP: 57% for East Sydney versus 35% for GPOP. Workers based in GPOP are much more reliant on cars to get to the precinct: 75% of workers based in GPOP use private transport compared to only 32% in East Sydney.
Investment in public transport infrastructure is required to improve transport mode share, support the forecast population growth and importantly, promote employment growth in GPOP.
If GPOP is to grow to the size that East Sydney is today, investment in a range of social infrastructure will be required to meet the levels provided in East Sydney today.